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First off, my wife has pointed out that I'm reading a book that I think shines a light on behaviours by a Dr FOGg.
So, I've just been reading another review, 3 stars by someone who I think posted their review 1/3 way through the book. I had ummed and ahhed about getting this particular book rather than others on habits and eventually I think after reading that other person's middling review, kind of thought argh it's less than £10 for gooness sake let's just buy it and see.
I'm only about a tenth of the way through the book and I really like the simplicity, and the power of that simiplicity (there is victory in surrender, take easy but do it (phrases I've picked up elsewhere, not from the book)) that I've found so far. I have already established about 5 'tiny habits', positive ones obviously, and I have also, and the book hasn't even reached this point yet, started making inroads into one negative habit I want to get rid of.
So yes, very pleased so far and wanted to share the good news sooner rather than later.
The systems in this book are so simplistic that it's crazy how no one thought of it before - a bit like natural selection.
The structure of the book is to give you some information then give you some exercises to try out in order to cement the knowledge in your brain. I highly recommend doing these exercises.
Since reading this book I have developed consistent habits and still going after a month. Consistent bedtime, sleeping habits, morning and evening routine, flossing twice daily. I've gone from unemployed for years to having a job, and I'm sure this book helped.
It's really empowering to have these tools.
Atomic Habits is a similar book, but has slight differences. I'd recommend reading them both. I'd say this one is if you like to visualise things more.
This book isn't perfect. BJ Fogg's constant egotism is a bit irritating "I discovered this, I thought this up, ME ME ME ME ME, look at me I'm so cool everyone wants my knowledge, my students went on to develop Instagram" just shut up mate, I want the information not the braggery. It's almost as if he rushed this out after Atomic Habits to make sure he'd be recognised for all his work (though in truth I don't know which came out first) and as a result you can hear how badly he wants the street cred.
The copy I received was warped and and a cut through several pages which was really annoying but amazon let me return it and I bought another copy from them which is pristine.
There is a section for using this stuff in a business setting which I can understand would appeal to some people but I found it terribly tedious and had to skip it.
I'd definitely recommend giving this a read to take control of your life and behaviour.
Why a 4? It's a great book with some very useful information, but.... it's too long and too full of suggestions for violating its own principles. Fundamental principal: make it easy. Book solution: cards and forms to fill out to plan and execute making it easy. Ignoring the routines, I've applied the core wisdom to the task of overcoming my snacking habit with great results. Since the habit I wanted was a "not" habit, I employed a simple elementary school device: marbles. I exercise a lot, so healthy food is important, but too much is still too much. I allow myself 4 snacks a day beyond my meals, hence, I start out with 4 marbles. The marbles go in a jar when I "spend" them. If I end the day with unused marbles, I get 2 marbles extra for each saved marble. If I snack beyond my 4 healthy snacks, I "pay" 3 marbles from the jar. The goal: fill the jar. So far it's about a third full and I'm almost to my ideal weight. Read the book, but skim the parts with all the stories and avoid all the cards and forms.
I was actually reading another book on habits when I stumbled on BJ Fogg's work. At first it seemed too simplistic, but he offered some free resources for people who pre-ordered his book. The resources were helpful and I used them a little bit in trying to change my morning routine. Since retiring, I hadn't had much routine in my life. Sometimes I got up at 9 and others at noon. Sometimes I went to bed at 11:30 and others at 3 am. I knew that it was throwing off the rest of my routines. Eating -- Sharing activities with friends -- Getting my TO DO list done. In January I received the book and enjoyed reading it. Once again, BJ directed people to his website where I found a lot more resources to make things happen. For the first time in years, I got up every day at 8:30 am. I made my bed. I did my PT exercises. (My PT was amazed at the results!) I spent a few minutes meditating and did a little dance. (An important part of changing things.) The website offered a free five day class in setting up tiny habits - it helped me clarify some other things I wanted to do. I joined a 10 week program BJ offered to orient readers to his approach. It concludes tomorrow and I've gotten a lot out of reviewing each chapter. I was happy. Then, Coronavirus arrived in the US! As someone who has dealt with an anxiety disorder for most of my life -- I could only think about dying and feeling out of control in the world. But, BJ is a "giver." Almost immediately he started a series of sessions on Zoom that helped with various aspects of dealing with all the complications that have come with this pandemic. He has lead some himself and coaches he has trained from all over the world have done others. I stopped feeling alone. I adopted some habits I explored attending the web sessions. Seeing others over Zoom gave me more of a connection. It was a really positive experience. I encourage you to get the book, go to the website and feel happier and more in control. Many of the sessions were recorded and others are still being held. Wonderful experience, wonderful read and wonderful man.
This recent book goes into more depth than what you normally find on the author's website. I've already taken his (free) five-step Tiny Habits workshop, and plan to take more. He is currently teaching a 10-lesson version in much greater detail, but that session is closed to new registration at this time (2020). The premise is fairly simple: if you want to change something or do something new, you won't succeed if you make the plan too broad. Like the famous New Year's resolution of exercising...which no one ever does. Or going on a diet...which everyone does, but few maintain. Dr. Fogg shows that behavior modification works best with very small goals that are measurable, achievable, and tied to triggers that let you know when and where to do them. You may not make yourself go to the gym - but you can start by making yourself put on your sneakers. If you always forget to take your vitamins, perhaps putting them next to your Keurig pods will remind you. The idea is to realize what obstacles get in the way of what you hope to do, and creating sensible work-arounds that make it so easy to do things that you don't really have to think about it. When I took the mini-course, it was because I never remembered to take my vitamins. Simply moving them worked like a charm! Other books have been written on this topic, and the concept really isn't new. Start small, build on your success, and take out those sweeping plans that overwhelm you before you begin. I recommend this, but also suggest you check out the Tiny Habits website and see for yourself.
This is a wonderful book. At first, I had it from the library, but then I knew I would need my own copy to refer back to it over and over. It's an easy read, with simple suggestions for building habits and feeling good about the small accomplishments you are able to make. I love this and am recommending it to others!
It’s definitely more of a work book then fun reading. There are exercises to do each chapter. It’s more of a textbook style read than an easier to read book. The chapters are long too. The points are pretty simple and not earth shattering, but they make sense.